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June 14, 2019

(NISO) Voting Members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved a new standardization project, Criteria for Indexes. This work, intended to become an ANSI standard to replace the Z39.4 standard that was withdrawn in 1997, will provide a modern approach to guidelines for the content, organization, and presentation of indexes used for the retrieval of documents and parts of documents. NISO published TR 02-1997, a technical report entitled Guidelines for Indexes and Related Information Retrieval Devices, in 1997 as a replacement for the Z39.4 standard, Basic Criteria for Indexes, when consensus could not be reached on the standard's publication. This technical report is now quite out of date and not suited for use in many electronic environments.

(Digital Science) Dimensions and the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (NSD) are pleased to announce their partnership which aims to increase visibility, searchability, and availability of research in the areas of Social Science and Arts and Humanities.

June 13, 2019

(Follett) Nearly two years after introducing Collections by Destiny, Follett is reporting a total of 2.5 million users, a dramatic increase in usage of the educational tool that allows librarians, teachers and curriculum staff to share free or purchased resources across the district, schools or between users. Now in use by more than 4,000 districts and nearly 17,000 schools, usage of Collections by Destiny has increased 62 percent from year one to the 2018-19 school year.

(Accessible Archives) Accessible Archives Inc., an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases, announces they have completed the process of updating all of its content in the major discovery services -- EBSCO Discovery Service, OCLC WorldCat, and ProQuest/Ex Libris Primo and Summon. While Accessible Archives has long been partnered with all services, in fact was one of the first participators, keeping everything current is quite the challenge for all parties involved – this effort is a continuation of Accessible Archives Year of Technology.

(ProQuest) ProQuest announced the upcoming launch of its new National Theatre Collection, a collaboration with the U.K.’s National Theatre to offer a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive.

(Ex Libris) Ex Libris announced the publication of a study that examines the challenges that researchers confront at institutions of higher education and the level of support provided by research offices and libraries. The study was commissioned by Ex Libris and conducted by Alterline, an independent research agency. The report presents findings from a survey of 300 researchers and interviews with nine senior members of research offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

(MOBIUS) The MOBIUS Consortium announced that the Seymour Community Library went live as a member of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. The Library is the 44th member to go live on the system.

June 12, 2019

(Digital Science) Digital Science has today launched a report on the state of open access monographs. The report addresses the question of how we integrate and value monographs in the increasingly open digital scholarly network.

(EBSCO Information Services) EBSCO Information Services announced the release of EBSCO Faculty Select, a single interface for library staff and institutional faculty. Faculty Select makes it easy for faculty to explore Open Educational Resources (OER) and purchasable DRM-free e-books to support their courses. The interface provides the highest quality, affordable course options that drive textbook affordability, access and usability for faculty and students alike.

(Wiley, Inc.) Wile and OhioLINK, a library consortium serving 118 libraries and 89 Ohio colleges and universities, announced today the signing of a Wiley Open Access Account agreement. A Wiley Open Access Account will enable OhioLINK-affiliated researchers to use a central fund for Article Publication Charges. The partnership reflects both parties’ growing commitment to open research and advancing scholarly communications. OhioLINK is the first North American library consortium to centrally fund the creation and dissemination of open access research.

(ChiliFresh) Brooklyn Public Library in cooperation with ChiliFresh Enterprises has launched Innovative’s Encore discovery platform enhanced with ChiliPAC, thus being one of the first libraries in the United States to provide fully customized user profiles and booklist functionality integrated into their online catalog’s search results. With ChiliPAC integrated into Brooklyn Public Library’s online catalog, library staff and users have the ability to create, curate and share their reading interests on a global scale. ChiliPAC transforms the library’s online catalog into a truly organic readers advisory, connecting people based on literary interest and habits.

(OCLC) Utrecht University, one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in the Netherlands, has selected OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform.

June 11, 2019

(Turning Leaf Technologies) Turning Leaf Technologies announced that the Basin Library System launched Aspen Discovery to their patrons on June 5th 2019. As part of the implementation, Turning Leaf Technologies developed integration with Koha so all changes to records in the ILS are reflected in Aspen in near real-time as well as complete integration of all Koha account functionality. Turning Leaf Technologies also added integration with Rbdigital eBook and eAudiobook materials as well as account information to Aspen Discovery by leveraging APIs provided by Recorded Books. Finally, Open Archive support was added to the catalog to help patrons discover previously under utilized resources such as historical photographs.

(ByWater Solutions) ByWater Solutions announced that North Richland Hills Library, in Texas is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 195,000 plus holdings from Evergreen ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library.

June 10, 2019

(EBSCO Information Services) BMJ Open published an open access paper which defines the “certainty of net benefit” as a proposed method to report the impact of clinical recommendations. The report follows two years of development and deliberation within the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group, an international collaborative that defines the most widely used method for expressing the certainty of evidence and strength of recommendations in clinical practice guidelines.

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